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The Philippine Daily Inquirer has published a veiled threat given to them by the camp of the Binay family, through their legal counsel, against publishing an article regarding an order from the Court of Appeals freezing the financial accounts of the political clan.

The letter was sent from the law firm of Claro F. Certeza.

The contents of the letter, as published by Inquirer, follows:

Attention:

Ms. Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez

President

Atty. Raul C. Pangalangan

Publisher

Ms. Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc

Editor-in-Chief

Ms. Nancy Carvajal

Reporter

Subject:

Breach of Confidentiality under the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001, as amended

Gentlemen:

It has come to our attention that you will publish a story on the supposed Order purportedly issued by the Court of Appeals upon the petition filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) freezing the bank accounts of our client, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, and other individuals allegedly connected to the latter.

Please note that under the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001, as amended, the duty of confidentiality as contemplated under Section 9 thereof applies also to the media. In this regard, Section 14 (d) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 (as amended by Republic Act No. 9194) expressly provides “that in the case of a breach of confidentiality that is published or reported by media, the responsible reporter, writer, president, publisher, manager and editor-in-chief shall also be criminally liable under the Act.” Moreover, Section 49, Title VII of the Rules of Procedure in Cases of Civil Forfeiture, Asset Preservation, and Freezing of Monetary Instrument, Property or Proceeds Representing, Involving, or Relating to an Unlawful Activity or Money Laundering Offense under Republic Act No. 9160, as amended, also provides that “[n]o person including Court personnel shall disclose or divulge or communicate to anyone directly or indirectly in any manner or by any means the fact of the filing of the petition for freeze order, its contents and its entry in the logbook except those authorized by the Court.”

In the light of the above, we wish to state for the record that we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law any party who will otherwise publish a report and/or comment on the report of the AMLC and the Order of the Court of Appeals which was issued in relation thereto.

Please be guided accordingly.

For the Firm:

Claro F. Certeza

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The netizens are obviously not happy with the coercion.

Only a guilty man runs.

Guilty people answer questions with a question.

He who helps the guilty, shares the crime.

For real? At this age, you’re trying to use that card, Binay? Get real!! Go ahead, INQUIRER.net! We are behind you! Post everything that Filipinos need to know. Gone are the days of intimidation!

If you are not hiding anything why not just have it publish and get it over with. I like to see your bank accounts myself so that I can compare the figures with your declared 60M in your SALN.

End game! Better run now!

Great! The Binays are definitely in panic mode!

The banks already knew that this was ill-gotten wealth yet they took it.

The warning fell into deaf ears as the newspaper firm published it anyway.

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